"And presumably a stocking full of dongles to actually connect with anything you use"
That sounds like something for the dear wife, that the kids DEFINITELY need to not unwrap by accident.
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AFAIK, everything that's keeping me from using Windows 10 would be stopped if I can prevent Windows from phoning home.
I've read that Windows 10 will ignore any firewall software that would prevent it from phoning home.
But does anyone know if using an external firewall is known to work? I.e., is there a reasonable set of rules that an external firewall can use to suppress:
- Unwanted update pushes.
- Unwanted snooping by Microsoft.
- Unplanned system updates.
You may be onto something.
Perhaps every time you get a robocall, run an Asterisk script that:
(1) calls a phone number that the telco *has* to monitor (their legal, HR, or investor-relations department),
(2) using a spoofed phone number, and
(3) uses a robo-script to explain to them, at great length, the problems that robocalls cause to you, and that you'd like them to please implement a solution.
My wife owns a small photography business. We've had a lot of misgivings about Windows 10, enough so that we've been thinking about switching to Macs for photo-editing. But the new Macs and MBP's are so overpriced (and memory-limited, in the case of MBP) that the the migration is less likely.
When Microsoft pushed the catastrophe it calls Windows 10, they handed Apple a golden opportunity. I would have never guess that Apple would throw it away like this.
In recent years I really haven't had to put much effort into buying / building a Linux-compatible computer. It's all pretty much just worked.
The only exceptions I can think of are: (a) needing a little 3rd-party magic to upload firmware to a USB WiFi adapter, and (b) very disappointing scanner drivers for a Brother all-in-one.
It would take something extraordinary for me to consider using this stuff in my commercial Linux development work. Several reasons:
1. I have zero trust in Microsoft regarding sometime in the future tweaking this into a patent trap.
2. I have zero trust in them continuing to support any programming technology long-term.
3. I have zero trust in them not going after my customers for license / patent reparations, if I use this stuff in my commercial products.
Microsoft has repeatedly demonstrated that they're a trustworthy business partner in one and only one area of technology: they make decent mice.
" Most of the USians aren't even sure where the EU is"
What an absurd broad-brush insult to the typical American. Either you're a foreigner, in which case you're being an elitist jerk, or you're an American, in which you're self-flagellating in some embarrassing attempt to suck up to this sites non-US readers.
"As is pointed out time and again, there is no shortage of people, just a shortage of people willing to work for what you want to get away with paying them."
I think that would be an open question. We know there's a shortage at, for example, £35k. But I'm not sure we know whether or not there would still be a shortage at £75k. At some point, everyone with the requisite skills is already working, and raising the offered wages won't (immediately) increase the pool of available workers.
My wife uses a windows 7 for hosting Photoshop and Lightroom for her photography business. The thought of an ill-designed forced update from Microsoft taking out that computer during a crunch time for the business is terrifying. We can't easily afford a powerful Mac, but we might need to go that way.
"That connection is symbolic of the partnership we will forge with our customers, partners, and our employees – what we will do together to help drive your business forward,"
So is she saying that in the past, they *didn't* do that as well as that should have? Even under her recent stint as CEO?
Or have they always been doing that as well as they should have, in which case the new symbolism is mere jingoism?
Showing nude pics of her is sleazy.
But there are plenty of missing and exploited children who need to be looked for; women forced into sex trafficking; drug dealers peddling to kids; heck even drunk drivers who are still on the road.
The FBI has no business pursuing silly crap like someone exposing Emma Watson's personal photos, when somewhere a child is working forced prostitution on American streets.
I'm sure I'll be down-voted into oblivion for this, but if people wouldn't drink they would get into alcohol-related trouble, full stop.
Seriously, it's a rather... uncontroversial belief that drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions. We count on these inhibitions to filter out stupid / unkind / bad actions such as groping people who aren't our spouses.
I don't see why it's so hard for people to just NOT drink at these events.
There's a difference between whether or not someone is a Christian, and whether or not they're able to accurately asses that detail.
We can never judge with certainty whether or not someone else is a Christian. But here's a decent summary of what the Bible says on the matter: http://www.heart-for-god.com/articles/10signs.htm
(I'm not sure which comment you're talking about being removed, so I'll assume it was one where a derogatory name was used.)
There can be a difference between what's acceptable under a website's policies vs. what's acceptable to the public at large. You're talking about the former, but I think we'd been discussing the latter.
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